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$$$ Old San Juan Lively

You can't miss this lively restaurant, thanks to its waitresses in all-white campesina (peasant) dresses. Themed as a country venue, with artsy re-creations of rustic life, it feels a bit Disneyfied, but that doesn't stop the locals and tourists—who may have seen it featured on various TV shows and who are willing to wait more than an hour for a table—from packing in for comida criolla. Signature dishes are the giant deep-fried kan kan pork chop, and mofongo with churrasco (marinated skirt steak). The garlic shrimp mofongo, served country-style in a pilón (pestle), is quite tasty. Drinks, including fruity frappés, come in tin mugs.

Lively Lunch Dinner Puerto Rican $$$

Quick Facts

315 Calle Recinto Sur
San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico


Known For:
  • Kan kan pork chop and churrasco
  • Themed ambience
  • Long waits

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